Charlotte Kelsted



College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Imperial & Global History | European Centre for Palestine Studies


I have recently completed an AHRC-funded History PhD at the University of Exeter. My research provides the first extensive study of British women in Mandate Palestine (1920-1948). It introduces the concept of ‘multiple intimate colonialisms’. This is the idea that in some colonial contexts, such as Mandate Palestine, Ann Laura Stoler’s notion of intimate colonialism ought to be pluralised. My PhD is supervised by Professor Ilan Pappe (Exeter), Dr Stacey Hynd (Exeter) and Dr Christopher Prior (Southampton). Although it is Palestine-based and mostly focused on British women, my research makes an important and original contribution to histories of women in empire more broadly. In addition to AHRC funding, I have received financial support from the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, the Palestine Exploration Fund and the College of Humanities at Exeter, and I have been delighted to present my ideas in Kolkata and Washington DC.

I am an active member of the Centre for Imperial and Global History (CIGH) as well as the European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS). Since 2018 I have organised the ECPS MA/PhD/ECR seminar series and I also represented ECPS at the first international meeting of Palestine studies centres in Beirut in December 2019. Over the last few years I have enjoyed delivering lectures and seminars to undergraduate History students at Exeter's Streatham and Penryn campuses. I have also continued to develop my interest in indigenous peoples’ rights, having interned at Survival International and more recently gaining first-hand experience in this field in the West Bank.  

In 2017 I completed a Master's degree in History (with distinction) at the University of Exeter, focusing on imperial and global history. My dissertation, supervised by Dr Gajendra Singh, explored the lives of British men and women in Mandate Palestine and received a distinction. In 2016 I was awarded a first-class Bachelor’s degree in History from the same institution, my first-class dissertation supervised by Professor Richard Toye examining the policies of Sir Herbert Samuel, the first British High Commissioner of Mandate Palestine.